Coming into the 250 East Region 250 series, Dean Wilson was the odds on favorite to take the title. However, a slow start and a nasty crash at the Indy round have left the Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider looking ahead to the outdoor series.
Dirt Rider.com spoke with Wilson at the Houston round where he was spectating with his father, as the two drive from their home in Florida to California.
Q: Tell us what happened with you in Indy.
A: It was in my heat race, I crashed but I got up and I was hoping I could keep going and I tried, but I was too sore. So I went back to the semi to get ready and I was going to try to ride the LCQ but then my chest started to tighten up and stuff just felt weird, so I went to mobile medical and at that point I really couldn’t breathe good, so I had to go to the hospital.
Q: The first report was that you had a broken back.
A: Yeah, I think they were seeing some old injuries, because they were reading the x-rays and they thought I had a broken back. But it ended up that I have a compressed T-3 in my back and collapsed my lung and shattered a rib, and I separated my shoulder. So every since then, I’ve been just trying to relax and heal up.
Q: So what are you doing here in Houston?
A: Well, I can’t fly for six weeks, because they are afraid the altitude will collapse my lung again, so me and my dad are driving from our home in Florida to California, and this was half way, so we planned it to come to this race.
Q: So what will you do in California?
A: We’re going out there to see my doctor to see what he says. We’ll see what he says, and hopefully I’ll be riding again sooner then expected.
Q: So what is the plan now, to concentrate on being ready to the outdoor series?
A: Yeah, that’s going to be the plan, to get ready on the 450 and be all healthy and ready to go.
Q: What are your thoughts on racing the 450?
A: I’m excited for it. I think I will blend in with the 450 guys pretty well. When I was in amateurs I rode the 450 pretty well, so we’ll see how it goes.